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Friday, February 22, 2013

Is America Dysfunctional? Or Reprobate?

Is America a dysfunctional nation?  It is recognized that individuals can be dysfunctional.  It is also common to call families dysfunctional.  The question is can a nation be dysfunctional?  What is the definition of dysfunctional?  Mr. Webster says it means abnormal or impaired functioning.  If that is the criteria for measuring dysfunction America is definitely a basket case of dysfunction.

How do you measure dysfunction?  Do you measure it by what you can plainly see? Or do you measure it by what is perceived to be the normal values?  If it is the former we are definitely over the edge. If it is the latter we are also in trouble.  Especially if you base your judgment on the writings, values and ideals this nation was founded upon.  America claims to be a Christian nation.  Many people say that the blessings that exist in America have come from God.  Anyone who is willing to take the time to read the 28th Chapter of Deuteronomy can see quickly the signs that will happen to a nation that follows God.  It also gives a list of curses that will befall a nation that fails to follow God.  You can form your own opinion of where America stands as a Christian nation.

Here are a few verses that describe what it will be like at the end of time.  Know that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

The above is a pretty good description of the status of America today.  If that is not enough here are a few more verses that also describe American society in this day and age.   “22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;   29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

That is a pretty good description of the America we live in today.  It is certainly not what a God fearing and God loving nation should be like.  So in the area of national beliefs America’s actions would indicate we are a bit dysfunctional.  That is bad enough but if we look at the actions we can see and observe we are even more dysfunctional as a nation.  The inability to create a budget and living beyond our means is one example. 

Congress keeps trying to blame the mess on the President.  The Congress needs to sit down and actually read the Constitution.  It is the responsibility of Congress to create and pass a budget.  The President simply approves or disapproves the budget that is submitted to him.  So it is apparent that Congress is dysfunctional as they do not even know what their job is.  Balancing the budget and controlling spending is the duty of Congress, not the President.

The fact that four out of every ten dollars America spends is borrowed is another sign of our dysfunctionality as a nation.   You can’t even add up the expenditures of the government without buying a special calculator.  When you have spent so much money that it can’t be measured by normal means you may have a problem.
The fact that the Congress is spending that much money and not even addressing the problems with the infrastructure is another sign of the problem.  Congressional incompetence is clearly a big part of the problem. The Constitution clearly describes the duties of the Congress.

While the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution state we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Our government is clearly and openly infringing on all those rights.  It is also failing to protect Americans from those parts of society that are out of control.  Whether it is crazies with guns or deviates with an agenda.  The leadership has capitulated its leadership to parties that would destroy the very foundations this nation was founded on. They have surrendered to the special interest groups.  They give up individual rights to corporations and to groups that are against every value this nation stands for.

The following verse show how America has gotten to where it is at.  The question is can it be turned around.  The answer is, not until the leadership is willing to stand up acknowledge our national foundations.  Failure to do so and the consequences are clearly lined out in the following verses.  America is hard on the road to becoming a reprobate nation.  The rest of the world sees it happening.  It is too bad that America can’t see it happening.

 That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

It is evident that regardless of what America professes, its actions say it has turned its back on God.  The Bible clearly states God will at some point turn his back on nations that do so.  The question is has God already turned his back on this nation?

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